We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A cooperative approach to renewing east Kentucky

by Sara Pennington and Randy Wilson from Solutions. A proposal for a five year plan which builds on an existing energy cooperative in order to stimulate the economy in this area. Such a plan could serve as a model for many other areas of the US.